The Crown fans have been treated to a glimpse of Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in the show's upcoming third season.

Bonham Carter will take over the mantle from Vanessa Kirby, who earned a best supporting actress BAFTA for her portrayal of the the Queen's charismatic and rebellious younger sister earlier this year. 31-year-old Kirby played the royal for the first two season's of the sumptuous Netflix drama.

The glamourous first image of Carter in costume has now been shared to Twitter with The Crown's official page captioning it "hope".

In the image, Princess Margaret is pictured in profile smoking a cigarette. The picture captures the new decade in which the show is set as she sports dramatic winged eyeliner, a make-up trend that became popular in the 1960s.

The Crown's official Twitter page also shared the first look of actor Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret's photographer husband. The character was played by Matthew Goode in season two.

The picture, which shows Daniels holding a camera, is captioned "hurt".

Earlier this week, Netflix shared the first look of Olivia Colman in the titular role. She replaces Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and can be seen holding a cup of tea in the photo.

The first series portrayed the earlier days of the Queen's reign and the second covered the period from 1956 until 1963.

Production is currently underway on The Crown's third run ahead of a 2019 season release.

The show recently picked up 13 Emmy nominations including a nod for outstanding drama series.

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